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College Crosse Prospectus - December 20, 2016: IL’s 2017 Face-Off Top 20, Duke & UVA Release 2017 Schedules.

Lacrosse in Argentina, flip out with Notre Dame, and plenty more!!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 20, 2016.

College Crosse News.

Shout out to IL for releasing their Face-Off Top 20 yesterday. Our boy Chris did a CLASSY job putting together a breakdown here.

Check out these awesome videos of the "End of the World" lacrosse tournament in Trelew, Argentina.

The ACC teams have started to release their schedules. You can find Chris’ post on Duke here and on UVA here.

North Carolina also released their schedule.

Nice video in support of China Lacrosse: Team China's Road to the 2017 Lacrosse World Cup.

The Georgia Swarm inks six sponsorship deals with Georgia-based corporate partners, including Home Depot.

NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz, who came to the NLL from Major League Soccer, where he most recently served as co-founding partner and CEO the ownership entity of the MLS team Philadelphia Union, has faith in Atlanta as a market, and Arlotta and his father, John, as team owners. “Atlanta is unbelievable in terms of what it has done over the last couple of decades in terms of growth. The population down there and demographics are phenomenal,” Sakiewicz told Atlanta Business Chronicle Jan. 7 before the team’s inaugural home opener at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Ga.“…The ingredients are there. It’s a great venue, they’re in a great location for the sport and John Arlotta is a terrific, very committed owner. He believes in the city and the market.”

Our man Edward Lee looks at Mount St. Mary’s 2017 schedule.

7: The Mountaineers return seven starters, including three juniors on the defensive end in Daniel Barber (28 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers) and Kevin Verkler (11 GB, 10 CT) and goalkeeper Matt Vierheller (10.50 goals-against average and .430 save percentage).

Mark your calendars: UMass moves its game with Albany to Wednesday March 1st.

Richmond is stoked about their first-ever preseason ranking. The Spiders are 15th in IL’s Top 20 Face-Off.

The Hoyas released their 2017 schedule.

The Big Lead did a short post on this big hit and goal.

"fogo" #TLNnation #derslax #sorrykid #sctop10

A video posted by Seth Thornton (@seth_thornton_23) on

Bucknell vs. Loyola Men's Lacrosse Game to Air on American Sports Network.

Quinnipiac released a first-look at their new stadium set to open in 2017.

Flip out with Notre Dame.

What’s Up, Philly?

The case for Philly statehood: Philly Mag does a thought exercise on the case for Philly going it alone and breaking off from Pennsylvania. (Ed. Note: It’ll never happen.)

Could a Committee to Free Southeast Pennsylvania have at least symbolic power? Part of the answer lies in settling the age-old question of who needs whom most: Does Philly siphon off more in state funds than it contributes? “Philadelphia itself might get more from the state than it sends in taxes, but the five-county region certainly does not,” says Marc Stier, of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Region-wide secession presupposes that Philly’s neighboring counties also feel underrepresented — not a given. But if they do, our new state could, theoretically, be able to sustain itself.

In 2015, the PBPC floated the idea of tinkering with the way wealth is taxed to help plug the state’s $2 billion budget deficit. Some $1.5 billion of the gains would have come from the five-county region. All of which is to say, given the power to tax more progressively, Philly and its surrounding counties could be just fine without the state that doesn’t seem to want them much.

World/National News.

It snowed in the Sahara for only the second time in known history and the first time in 37 years.

Amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata took incredible pictures of snow covering the sand in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, yesterday afternoon. He captured the amazing moment snow fell on the red sand dunes in the world's largest hot desert for the first time in 37 years.
Snow was last seen in Ain Sefra on February 18, 1979, when the snow storm lasted just half an hour.

Your GIF for December 20, 2016: It wasn’t me.

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